The New York Knicks had high hopes for this summer’s NBA free agency as they wanted to bring at least one superstar to Madison Square Garden. However, they missed out on every big target. They failed to convince All-Star guards Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker to come. Additionally, the Knicks canceled a meeting with Kawhi Leonard, they weren’t ready to give a max-contract to Kevin Durant, so KD joined the city rivals Brooklyn Nets instead.
Still, the Knicks did bring a few talented players, including a former Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis. The 24-year-old spent the second part of last campaign with the Washington Wizards and had solid displays in the process, which was his best in NBA career thus far.
Although they ended the last season with the worst record in the NBA, Portis believes the New York Knicks can reach the playoffs this time around.
“The naysayers, the haters, the people who are doubting us will say that we’re crazy as hell for saying that (the playoffs are a realistic goal),” Portis said in an interview with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy. “We have a lot of pieces who can play. I think we’re loaded at every position; there are two-to-three players who could start at every position. When you have that much talent, that rises the competitiveness and improves the team as a whole.”
The bookies don’t agree with Portis as they gave the Knicks +30000 (301.00) odds to win the NBA title. The Knicks have just two percent of chances to make it to the playoffs in the 2019-20 season. Despite all of this, Bobby Portis thinks New York have been overlooked, and he is optimistic they can play a prominent part in the Eastern Conference.
“Going into the season, I think you need three, four, five frontcourt players that can be interchangeable,” Portis said. “The season is obviously a long haul and things happen; players get hurt and this and that. Over the course of a long season, you need depth. I think we have a lot of depth on this team, at every position… We have a lot of players who are going to compete at a high level each and every night. We have a lot of talent on our roster. I think we’re being overlooked.”